I’ve partnered with Coca-Cola and Collective Bias to create these Loaded Tots with Coca-Cola Glazed Bacon. These loaded tots are the perfect snack for your college basketball parties! Coca-Cola is a corporate champion of the NCAA.
In the words of the great William Shakespeare, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances…” Although I suspect that ole Bill was not a huge college basketball fan (the game wasn’t even invented until about 200 years later), his words ring particularly true at this time of the year. Think about it. The college bball tourney is kinda like a stage. It starts as a stage with 68 players. All of the big teams are there, but so are the champions from the mid-major conferences. Over the course of 3-weeks, they battle it out and, one by one, teams make their exits. Who knew that William Shakespeare had so much in common with college basketball?
If you’re like me, then you probably filled out your tournament bracket weeks ago. You sat and stared at it. You thought long and hard about which #12 team to pick for a Round 1 upset. You debated which #1 seed would go down earlier than expected. And chances are, you probably ended up crumpling up that bracket and throwing it across the room after just Day 1. Don’t be hard on yourself. That’s what makes selecting the bracket so much fun! (After all, you can research and debate for days…and sometimes it just comes down to one team getting a lucky break at the end of the game. You can’t predict that.)
I read somewhere that 40 million Americans filled out a bracket for this year’s tournament. And the chances of correctly picking all of the games? Somewhere around 1 in 128,000,000,000 (and that’s assuming you start with a passing knowledge of college basketball). Heck, I’d consider it a win just to pick more than half of the games correctly.
Since the chances of you picking the perfect bracket are slim, I suggest spending the time on making some delicious snacks to enjoy during the games instead. We’re down to just 4 teams left out of the original 68, and that means it’s time for some epic basketball food. It’s time for Loaded Tots. But we’re not just stopping there…we’re adding Coca-Cola Glazed Bacon on those tots. Think about that for a moment. You’ve got the sweet glazed bacon combined with cheesy tater tots, jalapenos and green onions. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be hard to focus on the game with this delicious snack sitting on the table in front of you!
While it’s hard to pick out my favorite part of these Loaded Tots, I think I have to go with the bacon. (Isn’t bacon always the answer to that question?) But this isn’t just bacon. It’s bacon basted with a brown sugar and Coca-Cola reduction. Sounds fancy, right? It’s super easy…and unlike your bracket, this one is a guaranteed win!
I had some guys from the curling club come over to watch some of the games last weekend, and I grabbed some 12-packs of Coca-Cola at Walmart for our little get-together. Truthfully, I was planning on just setting out a cooler full of cans, but I had the idea of combining the Coca-Cola with the bacon. Maple glazed-bacon is delicious, so it stands to reason that Coca-Cola glazed bacon should be delicious, too, right? The answer: yes! I’m not sure the guys would have been too amused if I told them I ate all of the bacon before it ever made it to the loaded tots.
Are you excited about watching the conclusion of the tournament this coming weekend? Might I suggest serving these Loaded Tots at your basketball watching party? Stop by the in-store display and grab some of the Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Packs available at Walmart. The Final Four 12-packs are on sale for 3/$10 right now, too…score! (Just make sure to stash away one can for this recipe!)
What are your favorite snacks to serve while watching college basketball? And more importantly, is your bracket still perfect? (Don’t lie!)